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Copy a Roman coin, obverse Quintus Fabius Maximus; reverse Fasces; drawing from an album
Pen and brown ink over black chalk
- Production date
- 1753 (15 November)
Height: 324 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 224 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1859,0806.91 for comment and description of album.
This is a copy of a coin with the head of Quintus Fabius Maximus. In the long inscription Ghezzi says he was called the 'Verrucose', that he had been dictator of the Roman people, five times Consul, twice Viceroy, Curule Aedile, Military Tribune, Pontiff and Augur. Ghezzi continues stating that in his first consulate he subjugated the Ligurians and that he kept Hannibal at bay several times; that during his fifth consulate the town of Taranto came under the control of the Roman people and that this is referred to on the reverse of the coin, where one can see the consular fasces [although a consul should have twelve].
In the second paragraph Ghezzi states that the head of this great man had never been seen before on a medal at any antiquarian and that this one was a very rare example found among the antiquities of his very close friend, Abbot Ballerini. The latter, continues Ghezzi, was a very erudite man, both in antiquities and literature; he had been librarian of the Bishop of Carpentras and of Cardinal Monti and he was at the time librarian for the Barberini household.
Then Ghezzi signs for the first time in this album with his full name 'Pietro Leone Ghezzi' and dates it 15 November 1753, stating he was 79 years old.
As referred by Ghezzi the reverse of the coin commemorates the resistance of the town of Taranto.
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